For the Olympic period, the Museum of London Docklands, in Canary Wharf, has become Deutsches Haus – German House – the cultural home of the German delegation visiting Britain for London 2012. Last night I was pleased to attend the venue for a party thrown by the German Ambassador in London.
Georg Boomgaarden (pictured above) expressed profound gratitude on behalf of the delegation for the warmth of welcome with which they had been received by East London.
The Ambassador had invited an impressive list of dignitaries – ranging from the UK CEOs of Hugo Boss and Mercedes Benz and the German Interior Minister Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich to Germany’s best athletes who had secured their country Olympic medals that day, and our very own Home Secretary Theresa May who, clearly needing a break from dealing with the incompetence of G4S, also found time to drop by.
I was particularly honoured to welcome Thomas Bach, Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, to the Olympic borough of Tower Hamlets? I spent the evening selling our borough to the international audience.
I do hope that members of the German delegation will have the opportunity to see more of the East End. I am proud that their home is in our borough, and wish them a pleasant and fruitful stay in Tower Hamlets. I also recommend that local residents take the opportunity to visit the ‘Fan Fest’ at the German House, which is open to the public, where one can enjoy watching the games, German food and drinks and live music on stage every night.